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kind of a shotgun. so we turned our head by the bars over there. we see people running and crying kind of. and people moving around. >> reporter: two b.a.r.t. police officers who were at the station arrived almost immediately to try and help the two victims. officers then teamed up with the alameda county sheriff's department and san leandro police to search the area. no other suspects were found. we hope to get an update from the sergeant as to when the b.a.r.t. station will be opening. again, we're being told it will be within the hour. as soon as we get that update, we will pass it along to you. live in san leandro, nbc bay area news. >> thank you. on the eve of the mavericks' surf contest, dangerous surf and strong riptides are forcing surfers out of the water at ocean beach. a number of surfers were caught
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in the riptides this afternoon. the coast guard responded to the scene. nbc bay area's monty francis is at ocean beach with an update. hopefully they safe, monty. >> reporter: good evening. a total of six surfers were reported to be in distress here at ocean beach this afternoon. the good news is they are all okay, although one of them did suffer a minor shoulder injury. now the surf was unusually strong and strong rip currents caused a coast guard to come through and ask all the surfers to paddle in because it was too dangerous. as for the six surfers in distress, they all made it in on their own. a coast guard helicopter was about to hoist one of them out of the water near seal rock, but he, too, was finally able to make it to shore independently. a nature photographer caught some of the scary moments for those surfers this afternoon. he shared his photos with us. again, no one was seriously hurt. again, all of this is happening on the eve of the big mavericks surf contest off the coast of half moon bay. professional surfers have come
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to the bay area from all over the world to compete. >> surfers are going to have challenging conditions out there because with the long period and the offshore winds, waves are going to stand up really, really tall. and then throw out really quick. so it's going to be a challenge for the guys. >> reporter: the surf can be treacherous for even the pros. and there are even warnings for spectators ton get too close to the water at mavericks. organizers have set up a big tv screen a safe distance from shore so people can see all of the action. mar ricks is tomorrow and a high surf advisory is in effect for all bay area beaches until tomorrow morning. live at ocean beach, monty francis, nbc bay area news. >> thank you. and a high surf advisory remains in effect tonight. let's check in with anthony laurt for the latest on those dangerous conditions along the coast. i think sometimes folks don't take the warnings seriously. >> yeah. in fact, many of us think we can handle it, even myself. i've been out in the water a few times. even a six-foot wave can knock you off your feet.
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if you're talking 10 to 20-foot waves, definitely dangerous and especially -- i'm a swimmer. i'm talking for folks that are not used to getting in the water. the high surf advisory remains in effect through tomorrow. in fact, you'll notice the buoys offshore showing wave heights up to 11 feet in some locations. that is way offshore, about 1,000 miles. again, as this water and those swells push up against the coastline, we are expecting tomorrow to see the swells go up to about 20 to 35 feet. today, only up to about 10 to 15 feet. this was the appetizer before the main course tomorrow. if you're not an experienced surfer or swimmer, don't advise you to get into the water. we'll have more on the high surf and how warm the temperatures will go coming up later. and now to an nbc bay area followup. work to repair the damaged bay bridge fenders begins on tuesday. caltrans will replace those ruined fender sections which are made of steel and recycled plastic. the repairs are expected to take about 4.5 months. you might remember, they were damaged when an oil tanker
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grazed the fender system on part of the west span earlier this month. caltrans says they worked just as they were stopped, and there was no structural damage to the main pier. the project will cost roughly $3 million. no fire sale but an actual fire at macy's store in san jose's east ridge mall. shoppers heard an alarm go off about 2:00 when something sparked a fire in an escalator. firefighters say the source was an engine underneath. they were able to clear the smoke within a few hours. fortunately no one was injured. now to the developing story about what a 49ers wide receiver is accused of doing off the field. an investigation continues into the alleged sexual assault involving michael crabtree. the 25-year-old is in atlanta tonight preparing for tomorrow's big game against the falcons. comcast sportsnet's henry wofford joins us with what crabtree's lawyer is saying and how hard it must be for that team to concentrate on the nfc
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championship. >> reporter: absolutely. you know, michael crabtree is about to play in the biggest game of his career, the nfc championship game. but the 49ers' star receiver has more than football on his mind right now. he's got this big situation going on here in san francisco. he wants his name cleared of any wrongdoing. and yesterday, crabtree voluntarily met with san francisco police before he boarded a mid-afternoon flight to atlanta. police say the sexual assault allegation involves crabtree inside a san francisco hotel early sunday morning, the day after the 49ers beat the green bay packers. crabtree was not detained or arrested. this is what his lawyer had to say today. he released this statement saying, "on friday, january 18, 2013, michael crabtree voluntarily met with san francisco police department and provided a statement. michael fully cooperated with the inspectors and will continue to do so throughout the investigation out of respect and
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integrity for the process. we have no further comment at this time." as you mentioned earlier, he did not talk to any reporters since the news came out. chances are he will talk after the nfc championship game tomorrow. we're not for sure exactly if he will talk regarding this case. crabtree is expected to play against the falcons. kickoff is set for noon. also coming up in sports, our 49ers reporter will have a live report from atlanta. >> all right. thank you very much. next at 6:00, a horrifying scene as a man puts a gun to a politician's head. how that victim saved himself. plus, all the last-minute work happening on this eve of the inauguration in washington, d.c. plus, home sweet home in daly city. the construction project for families who might not otherwise have a chance at homeownership.
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we are looking live at washington, d.c., where a busy inauguration weekend is already underway. monday's presidential inauguration and the martin luther king holiday coincide this year, but it is no coincidence today that president obama is invoking dr. king's legacy, calling on americans to do something for each other on a national day of service. the president is continuing a tradition he started before his first inauguration. on this national day of service,
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president obama led by example. he and the first lady volunteered at an elementary school honoring the life and legacy of dr. martin luther king just before -- just as he did before his first inauguration. >> it's a symbol of how our democracy works and how we peacefully transfer power. but it should also be an affirmation that we're all in this together. >> not far away, the vice president and a bunch of bidens helped to pack supply kits for members of the u.s. military. across the country, an estimated quarter million people did something to help someone else. there were clothing drives in manhattan, volunteers added a little life to the walls of a senior center, and as required by the constitution, president obama will take the oath at the white house tomorrow. then again monday in a grand ceremony at the capitol. and you can experience the inauguration with us right here on nbc bay area on line and on air. on the web we will streamline video, and we will have photo galleries, as well. our political analyst, larry
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gerston, will be at the inauguration. he's in d.c. already. we'll have live reports starting tomorrow morning on "today in the bay." hundreds of people in the bay area spent this national day of service building homes for other people. the volunteers rolled up their sleeves for habitat for humanity in daly city. the group planned to build condos for 36 families. when those condos are complete, families from marin, san francisco, and san mateo counties upwill get the keys. >> the workers are building homes and yards, putting the roof shingles on. it's a real experience that is like none other in the bay area. >> construction will continue for the next few months. as in all habitat for humanity projects, the family selected to get the homes also have to contribute some elbow grease before they get to move in sometime in late april. still ahead at 6:00, tourists in hawaii get more than they bargained for when they
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have a close encounter of the 40-foot kind. not just one but two. >> too close for comfort for me. we're talking about an unhealthy air quality day for tomorrow. although today was a spare the air alert day. tomorrow, we're back to moderate conditions. still unhealthy if you have respiratory illnesses. we'll talk more about the weekend forecast, more warm weather is in store. ♪
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the hostage crisis at a bp gas plants in the algerian desert came to a bloody end. the algerian government reports that 32 islamic militants and 23 hostages are dead following an army raid today. the fourth day of that crisis. defense secretary leon panetta called the loss of life
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appalling and vowed to bring those terrorists to justice. >> nobody is going to attack the united states of america and get away with it. and for that reason, we have made a commitment that we're going to go after al qaeda wherever they are and wherever they try to hide. >> the u.s. can only confirm the death of one american engineer from texas and one british worker at this point. on thursday, the algerian army began its counterattack to liberate the plant that's deep in the desert, 800 miles from the ckacapital. rebels were about to drive the hostages to another country. a man walked on stage and pointed a gas pistol at a politician who was giving a speech in bulgaria today. ahmad gogin, the turkish minority party leader, struck the man before he could pull a trigger. delegates wrestled him to the ground. dogin founded the group of rights and freedoms in 1990. people kicked, punched, and
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stomped the gunman before he was arrested and taken to the hospital. gas pistols are nonlethal weapons used for self-defense, but experts say they can cause life threatening injuries when they are fired at close range. the man was also carrying two knives. those controversial body scanners that show naked images of travelers will be removed from our local airports. the tsa will remove eight scanners from san jose international and five at oakland international. sfo doesn't have any. the transportation security administration says it is getting rid of the machines because the company that makes them could not come up with a way to fix concerns over privacy. travelers will still be asked to get a body scan that creates a generic image. president obama and his family gave the honor of living in the white house to -- got the honor of living in the white house for another four years. it is a home you can't buy, but if you could buy it, how much would it cost? here's a live look at the white house tonight. real estate web site
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estimates the white house value at $295 million. since president obama moved into the mansion in january of 2009, the value has risen by about 7%. zillow calculated the white house value based on public data and recent sales. the white house has 132 rooms, 16 bedrooms, 35 bathrooms, 28 fireplaces, and three elevators. my mom would say too many bathrooms to clean. a breathtaking experience for tourists in hawaii who got up close and personal with two humpback whales earlier this month. crew members say the whales showed up out of nowhere. they brushed up against the inflatable boat several times. and those on board say the female seemed to be using the boat to scratch her back. adult humpbacks range in size from 39 to 52 feet, about twice as long as that 24-foot boat. the amazed tourist say the whales stayed for about ten minutes and then disappeared. try topping that trip.
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i think that those folks are probably going to pick a new hobby now. anthony slaughter has the forecast. lots of folks watching the coastline, but lots of folks wondering whether they should get their outside duty done tomorrow. >> yeah. i mean really. anything you have to do outside over the next couple of days, you'll have perfect weather to do. it in fact, our coastline today with some of the warmer spots. in scott valley, 73. santa cruz, same, half moon bay 71 around noon. napa, warmer, 69. south san jose, 66 degrees. we have cooled back into the 50s in san jose. 50 in novato. one of the cooler spots with livermore at 50, as well. you'll notice not a whole lot happening. we have lots of activity offshore. this is generating the large maverick waves. you'll notice a lot of that arcing up into canada and the northwest. that's because of the area of high pressure in control keeping our storm track well to the north. we're left with lots of sunshine, but it's going to be the hazy sunshine.
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air quality for tomorrow will improve just a bit as temperatures rntd going to be as warm. but definitely if you have those respiratory ailments you want to limit your time outdoors with lots of sunshine and clear skies. again, hazy particulates is what the issue is. tomorrow, cool, cold in the north bay, downright cold, 27 in santa rosa. 29 in concord. 29 in limp, as well. up against -- in livermore, as well. up against the coast, 46 in san francisco. tomorrow we're expecting another bright day, temperatures not as warm, but definitely comfortable. 63 in san francisco. 65 in san jose. 65, as well, in walnut creek. of course, we are rooting on our 49ers. here's your official 49ers forecast for atlanta. you'll notice by 11:005 -- 11:00, 55 degrees. by the afternoon, atlanta topping out in the 60s tomorrow. a little taste of the bay area across georgia for you. here at home, again the big news tomorrow, the mavericks, first round kicks off at 8:00 tomorrow morning. we'll be streaming it live on nbc bay area. again, the high surf advisory in
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effect. temperatures will be warm and comfortable at the coast. mid to upper 60s for many of us. now for the seven-day forecast, warm air for tomorrow even for martin luther king jr. day, we remain bright and warm. tuesday, a few more clouds drift in. a system to our north will bring a few showers to the north for wednesday. not looking to be a complete washout. there will be another system that meanders in the pacific for friday and saturday depending on how fast it goes. we may have to add rain to the forecast for next weekend. at this point, this upcoming week looks to be dry for many of us. get out and enjoy it if you can. >> all right. thank you very much. still to come, manti t'eo and the fake girlfriend.
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chances are you've heard about what is one of the most bizarre stories in sports today. but today, notre dame linebacker manti t'eo den eyewitness newsed that he was part of the hoax involving a fake online girlfriend. te'o made his first comments last night in an off-camera interviewer with espn. te'o said he didn't know for sure that his girlfriend never existed until wednesday when he says a man called and admitted
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to creating the online hoax and then apologized. te'o said he did not make up the story to help his heisman trophy candidacy. he admitted to tailoring his story so that people would think he had met the young woman before her death. time to check in with henry wofford of comcast sportsnet. a tough one. it's got a lot of folks -- on one hand you feel bad for him. on other hand, you kind of got to chuckle. >> oh, absolutely. i -- i feel bad for the guy. i mean, he fell in love, but that's a tough situation right there. i'm sure we haven't heard the end of the manti t'eo story. coming up in sports, championship sunday in the nfl is tomorrow. the 49ers and falcons are willing to fight for an invite to the super bowl. coming up, we have more live from atlanta on the latest on the 49ers' quest for their sixth super bowl title. no one can beat our coverage. we'll be right back.
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welcome back to nbc bay area. the 49ers are close to getting to the super bowl, but close is not good enough. they won't be satisfied until they get their hands on the lombardi trophy. first they've got to get by the falcons. we have more from atlanta where the nfc championship game kicks off at noon tomorrow. mindy, it doesn't get much bigger than this game. are the 49ers ready?
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>> oh, they're absolutely ready. definitely a different feel out here for the san francisco team. you know, the practices are done, they're wrapping up their final meetings as they get ready for their second straight nfc title game under jim harbaugh. there's something, though, that they learned from their first nfc championship under their head coach. it's that they need to treat this game just like any other. >> this is 100% a business trip. i mean, this is what we work for all season, all off season. it's going to be the same routine we always do. it's just going to be in atlanta, not here. >> a big challenge. a big task. going to play the falcons for the nfc championship game. that's -- people said some nice things about it us. you know, that's nice. cover of "sports illustrated," you know, very nice thing. says a very nice thing about our team. you put it in the frame, put it up on the wall, says something nice about you. but doesn't change anything about, you know, what our job is. >> last year, you know, we was
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happy to be in the playoffs. and now, you know, we know that we're supposed to be there. >> it's not good enough just to make the playoffs. it's not good enough just to make it to the nfc championship. we want to win it all. that's what we'll be remembered by the most. you know, being able to go to the super bowl and win it. but it starts this sunday, you know, winning this game to have the opportunity to go there. so really just -- just winning. winning it all. >> reporter: and patrick willis is one of nine pro bowl players for the 49ers who hope to help their team achieve that goal this season. and along with them, they have a quarterback who's very dynamic but has only seven regular season starts. in nfl history, there have been only three quarterbacks with fewer starts during the regular season than colin capernick to get the team to the georgia dome
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title. >> great information. thank you. 49ers and falcons are scheduled to kick off at noon sunday. as soon as the game is over, be sure to switch over to comcast sportsnet bay area for in-depth, post-game coverage. mindy, matt, ray, dave, dennis, joe -- i could keep naming guys. it doesn't get any better than our coverage of the nfc west champions. also, get in sports with a little cal and stanford shoot-out. second half, cal down ten. richard solomon with the jam. stanford cuts the league to eight. down 43-40. alan crabb can hit that no problem. ensuing possession, cal with the chance to take the lead, but it's turned over, and randall takes care of it. stanford goes on to get the victory 69-59. one final note for you. the warriors currently in action against the hornets in new orleans. warriors are leaving that game
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-- are leading 73- 0. we'll have complete highlights tonight at 11:00. busy, busy night in sports. we haven't seen anything yet. tomorrow we're going to rock the house. >> all right. we're ready to be rocked. thank you very much, henry. thank you very much for choosing nbc bay area news at 6:00. we'll see you back here at 11:00. until then, have a very good night. >> narrator: tonight you'll see the hottest gadgets in the tech world. you can't even buy them yet. we've got the newest designs in tvs, tablets, video games, even appliances. and tonight, we give you a first look at the next wave of products from the floor of the consumer electronics show in las vegas. here's nbc bay area's business and tech reporter scott budman.
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>> thanks for watching. welcome to the consumer electronics show here in las vegas. a gigantic convention all about technology and gadgets. this year at ces, a couple overarching themes. one, taking your favorite content, movies, music, photos, video games, and putting it on your mobile devices, your tablets, cell phones, and laptops. the other big theme here at ces 2013, making television better. ♪ >> when it comes to television, we still like things big. big screen, high resolution, you know, to impress our friends who come over it watch sports or strange reality shows. but after the big push for 3d tv turned out to be an idea whose time had not yet come, tv manufacturers changed the game a bit. now they're making televisions


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